Ports & Ships Maritime News

Jan 23, 2006
Author: P&S





TODAY’S BULLETIN OF MARITIME NEWS

  • US Navy captures suspected Somali pirates


  • Pirates seize cargo ship off Somalia


  • P&O plays for time with PSA bid


  • Kingsley Holgate Expedition moves to Tanga


  • Wanted: Comment on Richards Bay IDZ


  • Clipper Race – R&R in Singapore






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    US Navy captures suspected Somali pirates

    A US Navy destroyer, the Arleigh Burke-class USS Winston S Churchill (DDG81), on patrol off the Somali coast has captured a dhow that is suspected to have been highjacked earlier by pirates and subsequently used for piracy.

    When the destroyer approached it the dhow began to flee but came to a halt after warning shots were fired. US sailors subsequently found 16 Indians and 10 Somalis on board who are being questioned to determine which are legitimate original crew members of the dhow and which are pirates. A supply of small arms weapons was also discovered.

    The chase and capture followed a request issued the day before (Friday 20 January) by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in Malaysia concerning an attack made by a dhow on a 24,500-gt bulk ship, mv Delta Ranger about 200 miles off the Somali coast. Despite being fired upon the bulker was able to make its escape and sound the warning.

    Of the 26 people found on the dhow those who claim to be crew say they were highjacked six days earlier near Mogadishu, after which the dhow has been used to hunt passing ships.


    Pirates seize cargo ship off Somalia

    A small United Arab Emirate’s cargo ship Al Manara has been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia and is being held for ransom along with the crew, according to reports from the region. The vessel with a crew of 20 was operating about 150 miles off the Somali coast when it was attacked and seized by armed pirates.

    The ship’s master was later allowed to issue a radio message confirming his ship had been taken and that a ransom was being demanded.


    P&O plays for time with PSA bid

    Port operator P&O has delayed the next stockholders meeting to allow Singapore-based PSA to formalise a counter bid for the UK-based group.

    Earlier the board of P&O had indicated its willingness to accept an offer of 443 pence per share made by Dubai-based DP World, valued at £3.3 Billion. On 10 January PSA entered the arena by announcing it would offer 470p a share in cash, amounting to £3.5 Billion.

    Last Friday (20 January) P&O said it would adjourn its extraordinary general meeting of shareholders until no later than 15 February to allow time for PSA to put forward a formal offer.

    In December 2004 DP World caused something of a stir when it snapped up US port operator CSX World Terminals, turning the Dubai-based company into an international operator with terminals throughout the world including at Hong Kong. CSX World Terminals had been a serious contender which entered into local partnerships for the Durban Container Terminal when it was still planned to concession Africa’s busiest container terminal.


    Kingsley Holgate Expedition moves to Tanga

    One Net One Life Expedition

    Traveling south from the Somali border, down the Kenyan coast, the Land Rover supported expedition has arrived in Tanga, Tanzania - a great start to the year - as supported by USAid, the global fund and our South African sponsors and now we are part of a massive Tanzanian islands campaign to distribute 240,000 long lasting mosquito nets to all pregnant women and every child under the age of five - what a challenge!!
    Best wishes
    Kingsley Holgate and the One Net One Life Team


    Wanted: Comment on Richards Bay IDZ

    The Minister of Trade and Industry has published his intention to designate a specific area in Richards Bay and to incorporate the area as a portion of the existing Richards Bay IDZ in Government Gazette No: 28344, general notice no. 2034 published on 19 December 2005.

    The Richards Bay IDZ forms part of the Government's macro-economic policy to develop South Africa's manufacturing sector by encouraging investment in export-orientated industries, centred on beneficiation of the country's mineral resources. The intention is to provide, within the proposed Richards Bay IDZ, purpose-built infrastructure for manufacturing industries and to link the IDZ to the Port of Richards Bay.

    It has become necessary to proclaim additional land in Richards Bay as an IDZ to provide for the location of a Ferro-metals cluster that will include advanced investment projects such as Tata Steel's Ferrochrome Smelter and RHI Refractories. The site intended for proclamation and incorporation into the existing Richards Bay IDZ covers approximately 162 ha of land located in the Alton North Industrial Area. The boundaries of the area are mapped out in detail in the Government Gazette No: 28344.

    Interested and affected parties are invited to submit written comments within 30 days from the date of the publication of the said Government Gazette. The departments will consider only those written comments that it has received within the prescribed period. Comments and inputs should be addressed to:

    Ms Antoinette G Baepi
    the Enterprise Organisation at the dti
    Private Bag X86
    PRETORIA
    0001
    Tel: 012 394 1226
    Fax: 012-394 2226
    e-mail: abaepi@thedti.gov.za

    - source DTI


    Clipper race – R&R in Singapore

    With all yachts now in Singapore, Ports & Ships is taking a break from the 2005/06 Round the World Clipper Yacht Race and will resume reporting on its progress with the next leg starting Friday, 27 January 2006.


    Westernaustralia.com 41.5 points
    Durban Clipper 33.0
    Liverpool 08 30.5
    New York 30.5
    Victoria 22.5
    Cardiff 22.0
    Qingdao 22.0
    Uniquely Singapore 21.0
    Jersey 15.0
    Glasgow 6.5

    - source and further details of this round the world race can be found at http://www.clipper-ventures.co.uk


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